“I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession a duty.” ~ John D. Rockefeller, Jr., excerpt from radio speech July 8, 1941 …
Perhaps this proclamation might seem a bit burdensome. After all, it is implied here that for every gift with which we are blessed, a requirement of us comes along; that for us to receive something–a right, an opportunity, a possession–something is also demanded of us–a responsibility, an obligation, a duty. Yet these are the very things upon which our character is measured: how we deal with our rights, our opportunities, and our possessions, and how we live up to our responsibilities, our obligations, and our duties.<!–more–>
Receiving implies that we must give back, something, somewhere, for life does not give without asking for something in return. And rightly so, for it is in the giving that we see who we truly are, and what we truly believe. We can see the measure of a man in the balance he or she strikes between taking and giving back, even when the two are in completely unrelated areas–a person may receive great wealth, yet give back with time and energy. What is most important is that he or she is giving back.
We have a purpose to fulfill here on this Earth. And if we can feel and show genuine gratitude and appreciation for the blessings we have been given, and strive to fulfill our duties and obligations towards the whole of mankind, then we surely will be travelling down the road towards that fulfillment.
Remain aware of how much you give in relation to how much you receive.
Questions to consider:
Do you strike a balance between giving and receiving? How might you improve upon this?
Why is there such a relationship between rights and responsibilities, opportunities and obligations, and posessions and duties?
Why might some individuals tend to avoid fulfilling their responsibilities, obligations, and duties?
For further thought:
“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” ~ Tony Robbins, Awaken The Giant Within